Helen Sutherland's 91st Birthday Celebration
Paul’s Letters Explored in a New Bible Study
Beginning Wednesday, April 22nd, Pastor Merritt will begin a brand new Bible Study covering Paul’s Epistles to Galatians, Ephesians and Colossians. This study will take us through the summer, and they will provide practical and relevant instruction in our lives. If you have not been involved in Bible Study for a while, why not plan on joining us—you will be glad that you did!

Important Church Meetings on May 5th and May 12th
The Finance Committee and the Trustees will be sponsoring a special joint planning meeting on Tuesday, May 5th. Everyone interested in our church’s long-term future are invited to attend.
The bi-monthly Church Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 12th. That is the day for interested people to hear what events are being planned for the summer, including Vacation Bible School, Youth Summer Camp, and so on.

Mothers and Other Luncheon on May 9th
The United Methodist Women will be presenting their annual Mothers and Others Luncheon on Saturday, May 9th—the day before Mothers day. You are invited to attend if you are a woman in the church, and you may bring your children, your mother or other significant person in your life.

“Imagine No Malaria” Events
Friday, April 17th is the South Central District’s Day of Prayer and Awareness for the “Imagine No Malaria” campaign. Saturday, April 25th is World Malaria Day, and “Imagine No Malaria” events will be planned throughout the Florida Conference. We asking each person to donate $10 to this cause, so that RUMC can generate $1,000 in giving to “Imagine No Malaria” as a church family.

Homecoming Sunday Down the Road
We will be celebrating Homecoming Sunday on Sunday, August 16. Our service will be held at a special time of 10:30 AM. We will be inviting previous Pastors as well as previous members to join us on that special Sunday. We will enjoy a covered dish meal immediately following the Church service. If you have any contact information on prior members or church friend, please contact the church office. We want to mail out Homecoming invitations to former pastors and members by May 9th.

​Thanks to Everyone Who Helped our “Manly Men”
The Manly Man sale was very successful this year. We raised well over $700 (and counting), thanks to the generous donations by church members, and the presence of many motivated buyers. For the first time, plants and cuttings were added to the sale, and over $200 was raised just on the plant sale—thanks to Russ Harris who brought this glorious idea to fruition.

You have another chance to buy. RESTORE will be having its next rummage sale on Saturday, May 2nd. Left over furniture, appliances and bicycles from the Manly Man sale will once again be on offer as well as the clothing and other items typically donated to RESTORE.

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Bible Passage of the Week
The Great Commandment

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had left the Sadducees speechless, they met together. One of them, a legal expert, tested him. “Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
He replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself.  All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”

Matthew 22:34-40 (CEB)
Calendar of Events

Wednesday, April 22
Administrative Professional Day.
New Bible Study: Galatians, Ephesians and Colossians. Library, 7:00 PM (part of “Wonderful Wednesdays”).

Saturday, April 25
World Malaria Awareness Day. Selected events throughout the Florida Conference.

Saturday, May 2
RESTORE Yard Sale. Church Grounds, 8:00 AM—Noon.

Tuesday, May 5
Church wide Planning Meeting.  Library, 7:00 PM (joint Trustee/Finance planning meeting)

Saturday, May 9
Mothers and Others Luncheon. Crichton Hall, 11:30 AM

Sunday, May 10
Mothers Day Service. Sanctuary, 
10:00 AM

Tuesday, May 12
Church Council Meeting.  Library, 7:00 PM

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8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
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Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
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Helen Sutherland's 91st birthday pictures below.
RUMC Launches Online Giving

Riverview First United Methodist Church is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving online! Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Or you can enter one-time contributions from the internet or by smart phone.

To get started, simply follow these easy steps:

  • Click on the Online Giving button below. This will take you to our church’s online giving webpage.

  • Click on our Create Profile button on that webpage.

  • Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring or one-time contributions.






We also offer a mobile app version of our online giving page. Now, you can give anytime using your smart phone or tablet. Simply scan the image found in your Sunday bulletin or monthly Bell Newsletter using your device’s QR code reader.
Helen celebrated her Birthday with friends at Hawthorne Village Rehabilitation Center in Brandon.
Helen with her friend Theresa, who has been transporting Helen to church every Sunday.
Helen with her friend Milly Frye.  Milly will be celebrating her 91st Birthday in June.  Helen, Milly and Margaret McNeal were nearly the same age and background and were friends at our church.  Margaret, also known as "Sarge" passed away earlier this year.
George and Joe Cornell with Milly and Helen.  Happy birthday and many more birthdays to come!